Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the rumours surrounding which goalkeeper he will put his faith in for Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Sevilla at Anfield.
Whilst speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Liverpool boss responded to recent reports suggesting Loris Karius would feature as the club’s Champions League shot-stopper.
“If nothing happens over night, Loris Karius will play tomorrow,” Klopp told reporters.
The decision comes not long after the German bizarrely rested first choice Simon Mignolet for the 4-0 win over Arsenal, instead opting for Karius.
There remains to be some confusion surrounding the goalkeeping pecking order, with Karius having offered little in the way of serious competition for Mignolet since his arrival in summer 2016.
The hope will be that be the less physical nature of European football will assist the 24-year-old in finding some form.
Klopp’s notable confidence in him is also sure to be a welcomed boost as he looks to settle down after a difficult first year on Merseyside.
It represents a high-profile and high-stakes opportunity for him to make a statement and give supporters a much-needed glimpse of the talent his manager clearly sees in him.
In an ideal world, an improved defensive display will see him enjoy a relatively quiet night.